(Golden, CO – July 19, 2019) The First Judicial District Attorney’s Citizens Academy is accepting applications for the 2019 session. This Academy is open to residents of Jefferson and Gilpin counties and is designed to help create a better understanding of the criminal justice system.
WHEN: Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
August 21 to November 13, 2019
WHERE: District Attorney’s Training Room
500 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
The 12-week program is designed to immerse citizens in the judicial process, bringing the community together with law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.
The academy will include hands-on instruction on case investigation and prosecution, including presentations on topics such as the autopsy of a high-profile case, child sex trafficking, elder abuse, and ID theft. The Academy will include dialogue with criminal justice leaders, visits to the court and Detention Center, review of the functions of the District Attorney’s Office and a “walk through” of a criminal case.
“The work of the District Attorney’s Office within the criminal justice system is far more complex and diverse than most people know,” District Attorney Pete Weir said, regarding the need for the Academy, “With this program we can show people not only the role of the District Attorney’s Office but can also open up the process to them, helping to create a more informed and enlightened community.”
Participants must live in Jefferson or Gilpin County, submit an application by August 9, 2019, and pass a criminal history background check. Space is limited and an application is required.
More information on the Citizens Academy and the application for may be found on the DA’s website under Community Outreach or https://www.jeffco.us/2235/Citizens-Academy